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Goddess Cults and Mary

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In Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art and Life, Judith Dupre writes:

“The idea that Marian piety was the natural outgrowth of ancient goddess cults of fertility and motherhood, with the early Christian Church absorbing many Greco-Roman mythological elements and replacing them, in effect, with Mary, has been a subject of controversy for centuries: ignored, disputed, championed?”

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In The Marian Blog, NCR books editor Arthur Jones invites a discussion on envisioning Mary, the mother of Jesus, in 21st-century terms.

Jones has been a Catholic journalist since before the Second Vatican Council. This month, Paulist Press releases his latest book, Mary, a Mother Waiting, Raising the Messiah. Jones describes his book as an exploration of the mother-son relationship of Mary and Jesus during the “hidden years,” until she eases him front and center into his ministry at Cana.

You follow The Marian Blog and news about Mary, a Mother Waiting, Raising the Messiah on Facebook (tinyurl.com/Mary-A-Mother-Waiting) and Twitter (twitter.com/amotherwaiting).

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